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Nasa's New Horizons probe strikes distant gold

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The moonlet may be about 200-300km from the main object The American space agency’s New Horizons mission has struck gold again. After its astonishing flyby of Pluto in 2015, scientists have just discovered that the probe’s next target is not one object but very likely two. Earth-based observations suggest […]

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Jupiter Great Red Spot has deep roots

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA visualisation shows what it would be like to dive into Jupiter’s atmosphere. Scientists are beginning to unlock the secrets of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter – the biggest storm in the solar system. This spectacular anticyclone has been in existence for more than 150 years. […]

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US flood risk 'severely underestimated'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption During Hurricane Harvey, Port Arthur in Texas experienced some the most extreme impacts of flooding Scientists and engineers have teamed up across the Atlantic to “redraw” the flood map of the US. Their work reveals 40 million Americans are at risk of having their homes flooded – more than […]

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Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The genetic landscape of Ireland had been laid down by the Bronze Age, but it continued to be subtly influenced by later events Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events. In their sample of the Irish population, the […]